To keep from taking a long awaited vacation and having a preventable accident follow the tips below for traveling safely outside the country.
For the time being there is a Homeland Security Advisory System that measures when information to a sector or geographic region is received.
The color-coded Threat Level System is used to warn public safety officials and the public in general. This allows them to take protective measures so they can reduce the likelihood of an attack.
* Red = Severe
* Orange = High
* Yellow = Elevated
* Blue = Guarded
* Green = Low
Here are a list of countries where the crime level is extremely high. If you feel the need to visit one of these destinations you might want to do your homework to see if there are any All-Inclusive Resorts available. All-Inclusive Resorts are guarded and will help to assure your safety. Carry identification with you at all times and heed any and all warnings of locations to avoid when sight-seeing.
* Central African Republican
* Saudi Arabia
Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30. Caribbean Isles, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Mexico, Florida and the Texas coast are in the line of fire during this time. Aruba, Bonaire, Curucao, Trinidad and Tobago are all out of the zone of Tropical storms. Although this is not written in stone, tragedies sometimes occur outside of these months. Because of the risk involved when traveling to these destinations during high hurricane season, the volume of tourism is at it's lowest. You can use it to your advantage by getting low rates and great discounts. When booking your stay be sure to ask the hotels if they offer weather guarantees.
Health risks should always be taken into account when traveling to other countries. You will need to know if you should be concerned with what you eat and drink. Insects carry diseases so you will want to add bug repellent to your luggage and remember to wash your hands often. If you are traveling to the Caribbean Islands, for instance, take these measures-
* Drink only bottled water
* Make sure all food and shell fish are cooked thoroughly
* Only eat and drink pasteurized dairy products
* Drink only canned soda and beers
* Never get ice in your drinks
* Do not eat from street vendors
Remember to take precautions when traveling out of the country.